Consultation outcome

Balance of EU competences review: trade and investment

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of trade and investment, and is led by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Feedback received

Trade and investment evidence

Economic research by CEPR: commissioned by BIS

Legal research by Dr. Michael Waibel: commissioned by BIS

Stakeholder events record for trade and investment report

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Detail of feedback received

We received a number of submissions to the trade and investment call for evidence. The submissions, which were received from a broad range of stakeholders, were either in writing or oral. We also conducted a literature review of relevant material.

Original consultation


Seeks evidence on the balance of competencies between the UK and EU for extra-EU trade and investment, ie between the EU and third countries.

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Consultation description

The Foreign Secretary launched the Balance of Competence Review in Parliament on 12 July 2012. This follows the Coalition’s commitment to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union. The review will provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.

See the Review of the balance of competences for full details of the review programme.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is leading the review of competence in the area of trade and investment. Responses to this call for evidence, along with other sources of evidence, will be used to inform the report.

We are looking for input from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience. We welcome contributions from individuals, companies, civil society organisations including think-tanks, and governments and governmental bodies, from within the UK or beyond our borders.


Published 16 May 2013
Last updated 13 February 2014 + show all updates
  1. Evidence reponses and government response published.
  2. First published.